By Laraba Usman
The Commissioner of Police, Gombe State Command, Hayatu Usman, has advised officers to be fair and neutral while discharging their duties in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state.
Usman gave the charge when he visited men of the Bajoga Division in Bajoga community of Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe state on Tuesday.
He urged the officers to uphold the respect for human rights.
The police commissioner said that officers were expected to be fair, neutral and to protect human rights, to avoid being sanctioned.
He said that officers were expected to provide peaceful environment for voters to cast their votes without any security issues.
“You must learn to do the right thing and to always protect human rights; don’t violate them.
“You have the local government elections that are forthcoming, you should not be found wanting; you should be fair, neutral and not declare your support to anybody.
“You are there to maintain law and order and to ensure that elections are done in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere,” he said.
Earlier, Usman visited the Emir of Nafada, Alhaji Muhammad Hamza, in his palace, where he sought more partnership with the emirate towards improving security of the state.
On his part, Hamza thanked the commissioner of police, pledging to work with the command to ensure a crime-free society.
He urged Usman to deploy more officers to Nafada Local Government, as they were inadequate in the area.
Our Correspondent reports that Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) has fixed April 27 for the conduct of chairmanship and councillorship elections in the 11 local government areas and 114 wards of the state.